Hoorah! I'm sure I'm not the only one who has missed the Eastman House database, but it's back, enlarged and expanded, and it doesn't require telnet. If you don't know about this database, it's a database of image homes, biographies, histories, and exhibits. Telnet, on the other hand, was a an old dos-based access system that has been outdated for a long time.
It's not exactly intuitive, not much more than the telnet version was, but it only takes a few minutes to get the hang of it. It's not Google, but it's not supposed to be, either. It's a great tool for photographic researchers, and I hope that galleries and photographers will add to it and make it even more useful.
Kudos to Greg and Andy, for rescuing and expanding this!